C. H. Little to Candace Little, February 14, 1926
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on February 14, 1926. Little discusses family life with wife Bonnie and their children; his work as a Lutheran pastor and faculty member at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada in Waterloo, Ontario; Valentine's Day; and the annual Seminary skating party.
Carroll Herman Little (1872-1958) was a Lutheran pastor, and a professor and administrator at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada (later Waterloo Lutheran Seminary; now Martin Luther University College) in Waterloo, Ontario.

Little was born in Hickory, North Carolina in 1872. He was the eldest of ten children born to Rev. Marcus Lafayette Little (1848-1891) and Candace Mary Almetta Herman (1848-1947). Marcus L. Little, a Lutheran pastor and educator, was killed in a train accident in Newton, North Carolina on February 16, 1891.

C. H. Little received his early education and work experience in North Carolina, graduating from Gaston College in 1889. From 1888-1891 Little worked as editor of a newspaper founded by his father in Dallas, North Carolina. He also taught in North Carolina schools. After his father’s death, Little entered Roanoke College in Virginia, graduating with a BA (Classics) in 1893. From 1897-1898 he was enrolled in post-graduate studies in the Classics Department at John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

In 1901 Little graduated from Mount Airy Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Following in his father’s footsteps, C. H. Little was ordained by the Ministerium of Pennsylvania on June 3, 1901. After ordination he accepted a call to the Nova Scotia Synod, serving as pastor in the New Germany parish from 1901-1909, and the Mahone Bay parish from 1909-1911. From 1911-1914 he was housefather of Bethany Orphans’ Home in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. During this time he also served the Nova Scotia Synod as secretary (1904-1909), president (1911-1914) and editor of the Nova Scotia Lutheran (1907-1911). In 1914 Little was recognized with an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Lenoir Rhyne College in Hickory, North Carolina. Little left Nova Scotia in 1914 when he accepted a call to the St. Lawrence Parish in Morrisburg, Ontario.

In 1917 C. H. Little accepted a teaching position at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada (now Waterloo Lutheran Seminary) in Waterloo, Ontario. He remained at the Seminary for the rest of his career, retiring in 1947. In addition to his responsibilities as professor, Little also held various administrative roles including acting President, 1918-1920, 1929-1931, and 1942-44; Bursar, 1918-1933; and Dean, 1920-1927. Little continued to pursue his own education through correspondence studies with the Chicago Lutheran Seminary, receiving the degrees of BD and STM in 1924, and an STD in 1928.

Publications authored by C. H. Little include New Testament handbook (1941); Lutheran confessional theology: a presentation of the doctrines of the Augsburg Confession and the Formula of concord (1943); and Explanation of the book of Revelation (1950). He was a long time contributor to the Canada Lutheran, and held editorial positions for the publication.

Little married Edith Blanche “Bonnie” DeLong (1888-1974) on September 9, 1908 in Nova Scotia. They had ten children: Carolus DeLong, Herman Luther, Marion, Arthur Bernard, Robert Paul, Margaret Eileen, Ruth, Catharine, Florence Josephine, and John Frederick.

Carroll Herman Little died in Waterloo, Ontario on March 31, 1958.

-- Letter transcribed by Michael Skelton in 2013.
Date of Original
February 14, 1926
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 27.5 cm
Local identifier
Carroll Herman Little fonds
Language of Item
Geographic Coverage
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.4668 Longitude: -80.51639
Copyright Statement
Public domain: Copyright has expired according to Canadian law. No restrictions on use.
Recommended Citation
Correspondence from Carroll Herman Little to Candace Little, 14 February 1926, RG-102.13, File 1.28.2, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
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RG-102.13 Disc18
Wilfrid Laurier University Library
Agency street/mail address:

75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3C5

Full Text

{The Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada

Waterloo, Ontario Canada} Feb’y 14, 1926

Dear Mother:

I am in very much the same circumstances that I was in when I wrote you last week. I have just got back home from preaching at Galt and Hespeler. It is already late and almost bed time and I am somewhat tired from the day’s work. I will consequently have to make my letter short, but will at least try to give you a few lines. We had a pretty stiff winter week last week. It was very cold all week, but for the most part fair and clear. The weather moderated yesterday and to-day was as fine a winter day as you would want to see. I went down to Galt on the nine o’clock radial this morning and after service was driven by auto to Hespeler, where I spent the remainder of the day, and got home shortly before 10 o’clock to-night. Next Sunday I am to go to Sherwood-Unionville and will have to leave home on Saturday afternoon; but by taking a train by way of Galt can get back home on Sunday night. I have preached so far every Sunday this year, which has helped me considerably in a financial way. I haven’t much news to write. Everything has been going along as usual. Bonnie seems to be about as she was, perhaps is improving a little. Marion who had a cold last week is much better now. I think she is improving right along under the treatment I am giving her and am in good hopes that she will yet become well and strong. I am enclosing a little valentine

(Page 2)

which she is sending to Cecile. The other one is for you from Eileen. Eileen is very popular and received 18 Valentines from her various classmates in school Friday. She is getting along nicely in school and bothers me every night to give her addition and subtraction questions. She has a sweetheart by the name of Walter Mogk, a little fellow who goes to the College and whom she says she is going to marry. She said she skated with him the other night and that she asked him to skate with her. I think love is mostly on her side. Eileen is a good skater and you would be surprised to see how she can skate. Little Catharine loves to get out doors and to play in the snow and doesn’t seem to mind the cold even when it is very severe. She and Ruth are great chums, and she knows about everything that Ruth does. Ruth has been teaching her the commandments and she can say several of them, and is particularly fond of going over the second Commandment. She and Ruth are very different. Ruth is very quiet, while she is as lively and vivacious as you please. They are both very fond of their father and I get a lot of pleasure out of them. The Seminary skating party – an annual event – is coming off on Tuesday night of this week. The boys have great ice on their rink now. I go over for half an hour or so nearly every night when I am not too busy. I am still running my catechetical class at Bridgeport and generally walk down there, which gives me just a good amount of exercise. I hope to finish up the class by Easter. I finished another of my courses with Chicago last week. I now have 18 of my 23 courses worked off. I read some 20 books of Theology on the last course. At the place where I stopped to-day the man gave me a cigar, which is son had sent him from Manila, Philippine Islands, which I am smoking now. It has a delightful fragrance. But I must close. With love, I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little.

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, February 14, 1926

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on February 14, 1926. Little discusses family life with wife Bonnie and their children; his work as a Lutheran pastor and faculty member at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada in Waterloo, Ontario; Valentine's Day; and the annual Seminary skating party.